This is my conclusion after carefully analyzing the announced products in all of their details. Only “imaging consciousness” needs a little explanation in the very beginning because otherwise the substantial $410 pricing difference would be hard to understand. To illustrate the rationale for that I copied here an image currently available at http://refocus.nokia.com/ which shows that you can make everything in focus. By going to that address you will also be able to experience with the image there (likely a different one) and change the focus as you like. And this is only one aspect of all the benefits for “imaging conscious” business users and individuals willing to pay that $410 extra.
Another aspect is the Screen Test: Nokia Lumia 1520 versus Galaxy Note 3 [TheHandheldBlog YouTube channel, Oct 22, 2013] which is showing particularly well the Lumia 1520 advantage over the phablet market leader Samsung Galaxy Note 3:
The Nokia World Nokia Lumia 1520 daylight visibility demo [WMPowerUser YouTube channel, Oct 22, 2013] is showing the advantage against the smartphone market leaders:
To understand how “a very bright screen with much reduced glare” is uniquely achieved by Nokia, please read The leading ClearBlack display technology from Nokia [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Dec 18, 2011 – May 8, 2012] post of mine.
As far as the opportunities for business customer are concerned Chris Weber, EVP Sales & Marketing at Nokia said that the opportunity is huge even in 2013:
Now consider what one gets for a much lesser amount ($339) with Nokia Lumia 1320 unveiled at Nokia World Abu Dhabi [Maurizio Pesce YouTube channel, Oct 22, 2013]:
While the latest innovations in functionality are shown quite well in the above video the most important quote from Nokia (because of its implication) is:
Similar to the Lumia 1520 – and building on the affordability of the Lumia 520 – the new Nokia Lumia 1320 also features a 6-inch screen and a wealth of features at a lower price.
Technical similarities/differences between the two Nokia phablets could be seen in the below table of mine, which was compiled from Lumia 1320 & 1520 spec data + dev specs.
Regarding the similarity between the two devices the most important thing is the functionality which is 90% the same. The Lumia 1520 is just different with:
– Multimicrophone uplink noise cancellation
– HERE Drive+
– Secure NFC (although in developer specs it is indicated for Lumia 1320 as well)
– Public transportation routing guidance
– HERE Transit
– Panorama (That is get the bigger picture with Nokia’s easy-to-use Panorama app. Simply take your pictures and the app automatically stitches them into a picture-perfect view. Once you’re done, share your panorama directly to Twitter and Facebook.)
– Additional light sensitivities: ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 4000
+ Nokia Refocus (as an application on top of that) illustrated in the very beginning of this post already
The Nokia World Abu Dhabi 2013 [Red Robot – Intelligent Distribution YouTube channel,
In order to understand the substantially higher price positioning for the Lumia 1520 please note that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE 32GB unlocked offering (which has nothing like the imaging functionality of Lumia 1520) has a U.S. retail price of $735.00-789.95+ on Amazon (not to speak of the 32GB Apple iPhone 5s with its $850-950+ price as a minimum). Here is a very recent, brief comparison:
Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 [Recombu YouTube channel, Oct 22, 2013]
More Note 3 related information could be found in The new Air Command S Pen User Experience making the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet, and Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition tablet next-generation devices [‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Sept 12, 2013] post of mine.
Now The Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Arabian Peninsula [Nokia Conversations, Oct 23, 2013] post is describing quite clearly the ultimate advantage of Lumia 1520 as:
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is very much the bigger brother of the Lumia 1020, sporting a 6-inch display.
Although it only packs 20 megapixels against the 1020′s 41 megapixels, the results are no less stunning. “The image quality is fantastic” is [National Geographic photographer Stephen] Alvarez’s instant feedback, “every bit of the Lumia 1020′s”. The larger screen makes a difference, too.
“It’s easier to frame because you can see the image much larger,” Alvarez says of the device’s size, “but it isn’t so large that it’s cumbersome”. When doing really careful compositions, Stephen believes the Lumia 1520 makes short work of such tasks, citing the screen as being “remarkable”.
For a professional photographer, the ability to extract DNG (Digital Negative) image files from a device is crucial. Whether it’s to work further on the image in post-production, or whether to prove you have an un-tainted image (if you’re a journalist or gathering evidence, for example). With the Lumia 1520 comes support for DNG files, much to Stephen’s delight when he found out.
Amateur and professional photographers alike benefit from the fact there is zero compression in the file. Pulling more detail out of a shadow is just one example Alvarez offers before pointing out that the file size is comparable to what he sees from his DSLR.
Some additional advantages from Standing tall: The Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 [Nokia Conversations, Oct 22, 2013] are described as:
Lumia 1520 features Nokia Rich Recording with four microphones, providing directional stereo recording capability to capture distortion free audio from the preferred direction for clear, accurate sound. (We will have more information to share with you about the Lumia 1520’s audio capabilities soon.)
The Lumia 1520 is a genuine workhorse, too. It comes with Microsoft Office built in, so you can have the flexibility to work when you need to; and it includes a massive battery with integrated wireless charging (Qi compatible). This powerful combination means you can manage to easily log a whole day of work and enjoy entertainment like movies without worrying about finding a place to charge up.
The ability to show a third column on the Start screen isn’t just about scaling the experience of Windows Phone 8. It really is about getting to you favorite apps faster with less scrolling. For instance, the email app now shows one additional row of content in the Live tile, right on the Start screen.
Do you do a lot of video conferencing? The front-facing camera on the Lumia 1520 offers 1.2 HD 720p wide angle video so you’ll always look your best.
And, with the new Papyrus app coming to Windows Phone for the first time, you can easily take handwritten notes on your Nokia Lumia 1520.
The Lumia 1520 features all the latest in display technology to make the beautiful six inch screen stand out, even in the brightest sunlight. With ClearBlack display technology, High Brightness Mode and assertive display technology by Apical, the screen offers a viewing experience to enjoy no matter what the light conditions are. And when winter rolls in, wearing gloves won’t prevent you from using the screen just as easily as before thanks to the super sensitive touch screen with Gorilla Glass 2.
No wonder that in this Nokia Lumia 1520 Hands on and tour of Nokia’s latest phablet [funviz YouTube channel, Oct 24, 2013] 3d party video the display is touted as the big selling point of the device: “[0:19] That display is probably the best display I’ve ever seen on any digital device. [0:23]”
And don’t forget that there is the quite rich common Lumia 1320/1520 functionality (except Nokia Refocus ?for time being?) which is touted by Nokia in the following way:
In Nokia brings new innovations to design and imaging with six new devices, applications and experiences [press release, Oct 22, 2012]
Continuing to redefine smartphone innovation, Nokia introduces its first ever large screen Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320. With a six inch screen and the latest software advancements for Windows Phone, the Lu.mia 1320 and Lumia 1520 are perfectly suited for entertainment and productivity. A new third column of tiles on the home screen means people can see and do more on a larger screen. Bringing larger displays to the award-winning Lumia design, the new format is coupled with some of the most advanced camera innovations so people can capture and share the world around them. … With Microsoft Office built in, documents can be edited and shared easily for maximum productivity.
In Standing tall: The Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 [Nokia Conversations, Oct 22, 2013]:
It includes Nokia Music and HERE Maps for great music and location experiences, and welcomes both Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller apps, available in the Windows Phone Store. With the latest apps, the best from Nokia, and the best from Microsoft supported by LTE connections you can make the most out of the bright large screen on the Lumia 1320. Sit back and relax while you play the latest Xbox games, read web content, or watch movies on the six inch screen. A wealth of content can be stored using the free 7GB of SkyDrive storage or with the addition of a micro SD card adding up to 64GB more space.
In the Innovation reinvented at Nokia World [Nokia Conversations, Oct 22, 2013]:
HERE experiences get an update too! Now with LiveSight in HERE Drive and HERE Drive+ you can easily locate your parked car, while in HERE Transit it will be easier to find nearby transit stations. … The third-party apps line-up for Lumia is significantly boosted with the arrival of … the Instagram photo editing and sharing network, Papyrus and InNote, which both offer handwritten note-taking solutions, and the Vine short-form video service from Twitter – available soon!
From: Papyrus – Use your finger or a stylus to take notes on your Lumia. The vector graphics engine keeps your notes beautiful at any zoom level.
Nokia’s latest family of products accelerates application innovation [press release, Oct 22, 2012] elaborates on that as:
Windows Phone Store is stocked with a full range of certified applications and games, with hundreds more titles added every day. Starting today, Windows Phone owners can download a number of new applications including: CamScanner, Goal Live Scores, InNote, phriz.be, Rail Rush, SophieLensHD and an updated TuneIn Radio application with radio stations live on the Start screen.
Over the coming weeks, Windows Phone owners can experience many more new applications including: ESPN F1, EA SPORTS(TM) FIFA 14, Instagram, My Talking Tom, Papyrus, Temple Run 2, Vine, Vyclone Pro and Xbox Video among others**.
The screen real estate afforded by the larger full HD display screens on the Nokia Lumia 1520 (6″) … has already inspired developers to create unique experiences for consumers. … Flipboard, a personal magazine, allows people to read and collect all the news they care about, curating their favorite stories into their own magazines. With Live Tiles … people can digest news faster and easier than ever before. Flipboard will be available … for Lumia smartphones in the coming months.
So far Flipboard is On Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet only [Christopher Jager YouTube channel, Oct 23, 2013]
– Replay Nokia World Abu Dhabi – (the 2nd embedded webcast:) Breakout Sessions [Nokia Conversations, Oct 22, 2013]
Eric Feng (CTO, Flipboard): [42:15] Quick overview of Flipboard:
— World’s first personal personal magazine (curated, personalized and displayed)
— ~8000 content partnerships (The New York Times, BBC, AlJazeera, ESPN etc.)
— Partnering with world’s 14 leading social networks
— A community of a couple of million users who are curating magazines every day
— About 4 million magazines curated already on every single day
— ~100 million items can be consumed on Flipboard every single day
— presented in a beautiful magazine layout
— ~90 million people and growing
— ~200 countries worldwide
– Flipboard’s Mike McCue | Disrupt NYC 2013 [TechCrunch YouTube channel, April 29, 2019]
Flipboard is a digital social magazine that aggregates web links from your social circle, i.e. Twitter and Facebook, and displays the content in magazine form on an iPad. Here, watch Co-Founder and CEO Mike McCue onstage at Disrupt NY 2013 talk about Flipboard.
– Flipboard and Pandora, gamechangers in mobile [This Week In Startups YouTube channel, Oct 15, 2013]
Flipboard was one of the first iPad apps that made clear exactly how powerful the experience could be. Blending the best of RSS content with beautiful print-style layout, the app has only gotten better. Now Flipboard’s 85m users can create their own magazines tailored to specific interests. When cofounder and CEO Mike McCue sat down with Jason at LAUNCH Mobile, they dug into how the app has become publisher and platform, changing how we think about and interact with content. Then, a conversation with Tom Conrad, longtime CTO of Pandora. The publicly-traded company has long held sway in the mobile space, transforming how we think about radio by identifying exactly what makes a genre or mood, through its music genome project. Then, putting that tailored-just-for-you radio station into the pockets of its 175m users. Don’t miss these great conversations that point to the future of media in the mobile space.
In New Nokia apps from Nokia World 2013 [Nokia Conversations, Oct 22, 2013]:
Today, let’s take a look at our homegrown apps right from the Nokia app factory.Nokia Camera App demo on Lumia 1520. Nokia Camera is available now to download for all Nokia Lumia PureView smartphones, and coming to the rest of the WP8 Lumia range along with the Lumia Black update early next year. Nokia Camera also has raw file support (DNG format) on Nokia Lumia 1520, and this will be coming to the Lumia 1020 when the Lumia Black update rolls out.
Two glorious apps combined into one. Nokia Pro Camera and Nokia Smart Camera have been merged to simplify your photo-taking experience, and ensure you get the perfect shot every time.
The Nokia Camera integrates easy automatic mode, but you can also take control of your camera and become a pro by manually altering focus settings, shutter speed, and ISO as well as using Smart Burst, Remove Moving Objects or create an Action Shot features.Nokia has a new Refocus app which put Lytro cameras to shame, allowing users to focus on any element of the picture after the fact
Rather than worry about getting the focus perfect first time, Nokia Refocus takes a photo and lets you choose the focus point after you’ve taken the shot.[AS AN ALTERNATIVE—to the above one—PRESENTATION] Nokia Refocus lets you readjust the focus after taking the photos. It will be available ON THE LUMIA 1520 AND ALL OTHER PUREVIEW LUMIA DEVICES in mid-november.
This means you can create different expressions of a single photo, changing the same scene in a number of ways by refocusing on the area you want to highlight most. You can also choose to make everything in focus, or magically add colour pop to the focused area for more impact.
[You can experience the effect of Nokia Refocus on an image captured with Nokia Refocus placed at http://refocus.nokia.com/]
Nokia StorytellerOne of the (many) announcements from Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi is Nokia’s new Storyteller app, coming first with the Lumia 1520. We go hands on for a video tour of the new app.
A single app that combines your photographs and videos with HERE location information to create a picture journey. When you take a photo or record a video, you can see precisely where it was taken on a familiar HERE map.
See clusters of photos scattered across the globe and zoom in to an exact location. Plus, zoom out of any photo within the gallery to see where it was shot. You will also notice that your photos truly come live, the videos are played in-line, the action shots are beautifully animated, and the refocus effect is subtly played back to give the immersive feeling when browsing between the images.Nokia Beamer wins our award for the zaniest thing we’ve seen at Nokia World. The app allows you to share your display, live, to another Windows Phone (or really any device). Just watch the video and expect the app in the coming weeks.
Nokia Beamer is the ideal way to share what’s on your Lumia display to any internet-enabled screen.
PowerPoint presentations, photos, videos, absolutely anything that you see on your Lumia can be shared, remotely, to anywhere in the world.
It’s like magic, there’s no hassle with connections, and it just works. You beam the screen to a nearby HTML enabled screen, or SMS it to a friend on the other side of the globe. You can even tweet it and let your followers see your screen in real time!
It is quite remarkable that how much the “building on the affordability of the Lumia 520” claim (quoted in the beginning) is true for Lumia 1320. When comparing the two in devspecs (functionality comparison I will omit here) there are quite significant improvements (over Lumia 520) on one hand, such as:
– 720 x 1280 pixels, 6 inches
– Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
– ClearBlack, IPS LCD
– High brightness mode
– Lumia Color Profile
– LTE with upto 100 Mbps uplink / 50 Mbps downlink speeds
– 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
– 1 GB RAM, possibility to have 64 GB Micro SD cards
– HERE Maps and HERE Drive
– Magnetometer sensor (compass)
– Auto and Manual Exposure, Face recognition, LED Flash and Video Light for the main camera
– Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording resolution
– Video call, Video sharing and Video stabilizaion
– Secondary camera
– Dolby headphone
– Bluetooth 4.0
– Maximum standby time: 28 day
– Maximum talk time (2G): 25 h
– Maximum talk time (3G): 21 h
– Maximum music playback time: 98 h
– Maximum video playback time: 9 h
– Maximum Wi-Fi browsing time: 11.5 h
On the other hand—however—the list price of the Lumia 1320 is just $339 vs. the initial list price of the Lumia 520 around $200 when it was released to the market by end March this year. Considering that since then the street price of Lumia 520 went down to as low as $125 (corresponding to Rs.7,714 in India) we may expect that in half year after its Q1 2014 planned release (i.e. in Q3 2014) the street price of Lumia 1320 could become as low as $212 too (iff the sales go as well as for Lumia 520).
In that case the higher by $410 price of Lumia 1520 ($749) will be even less lucrative for an average phablet buyer as it is now (IMHO already not lucrative at all). Look at the list functionality copied here from Lumia 1320 and 1520 spec data, and you will easily understand that (functionality denoted in bold is for Lumia 1520 only):
Software and applications
- Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Alarm clock, Reminders, To-do list, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid’s Corner
- Business apps: Adobe acrobat reader free download, Lync (Corporate IM) free download, SkyDrive storage for documents and notes, Company Hub for enterprise applications, Office apps: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote
- Document formats supported: Excel, PDF, Word, OneNote, Powerpoint
- Sync type: Exchange ActiveSync, Windows companion app, 1320: Mac companion app, Nokia Photo Transfer for Mac
- Sync content: Calendar, Video, Pictures, Music, Contacts
- Game features: DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
Software platform & User Interface
- SW Platform: Windows Phone
- Software release: Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black
Email and Messaging5
- Email clients: Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Mobile, Gmail, Office 365, Nokia Mail, Windows Live / Hotmail / Outlook.com, MS Exchange Active Sync
- Email protocols: SMTP, IMAP4, POP3
- Email features: Viewing and editing of email attachments, Always up to date, Multiple simultaneous email accounts, Text-to-speech message reader, Email attachments, Conversational view on email, Linking multiple inboxes to one, Inbox filtering, HTML viewer
- Supported instant messaging services: Google Talk, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, WhatsApp, Yahoo! Messenger, Skype IM, Facebook
- Messaging features: Integrated text messaging and chat, Instant messaging, Concatenated SMS for long messages, Multiple SMS deletion, List of recently used numbers, Audio messaging, Text-to-speech message reader, Text messaging, Number screening for messaging, Unified MMS/SMS editor, Automatic resizing of images for MMS, Distribution lists for messaging, Multimedia messaging, Conversational chat style SMS, Unified inbox for SMS and MMS
- Call management features: Voice commands, Call waiting, Voice mail, Integrated hands-free speakers, Call forwarding, Call logs: dialled, received and missed, Call history, Voice dial, Conference call, Skype voice call
- Video call features: Skype video call
- Supported amount of phonebooks: One integrated phonebook
- Supports amount of contacts: Unlimited
- Ringtones: Downloadable ringtones, MP3 ringtones
- Noise cancellation: Yes –> Multimicrophone uplink noise cancellation
- Speech codecs: AMR-WB, GSM FR, AMR-NB, GSM HR, EFR, GSM EFR
- Enterprise security features: Remote security policy enforcement
- General Security features: Remote device locking via Internet, Secure NFC, Track and Protect via internet, Firmware update, Remote wipe of user data via Internet, Device lock, Device passcode, PIN code, Firmware and OS integrity check, Secure device start-up, Online back-up and restore, Application sandboxing and integrity check
- Advance security features: Lost device tracking, Browser integrated anti-phishing
- Data encryption: User data encryption for device
Sharing and Internet
Browsing and Internet
- Internet browser capabilities: Internet Explorer 10
- Social apps: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, LINE, WeChat
- Photo sharing: Share over Bluetooth, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Send as email attachment, SkyDrive, Nokia Beamer
- Video sharing: YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Video sharing to social network and internet, Facebook, SkyDrive, Joyn video call sharing
- Location sharing: WP location sharing, Foursquare
- Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Nokia Beamer: Nokia Beamer lets you share your screen with family, colleagues and friends by simply pointing your Nokia Lumia at any screen displaying the web address http://beam.nokia.com. Or share your live Lumia screen by sending a link by email, sms or social networks.
GPS and navigation6
- Location and navigation apps: HERE Maps, HERE Drive –> HERE Drive+
- Navigation features: (Pin places to Start screen, Reveal the surrounding places, Reviews, info and photos for places, Routing options, Save favourite destinations, Call, share and get directions to places,) –> Public transportation routing guidance, Free maps, (Live traffic information,) Automatic day/night view switching, (Venue maps – shopping and transport centers,) Offline maps, (Online and offline favourites), Speed limit warnings, LiveSight, Download the latest maps with Wi-Fi, Free turn-by-turn walk navigation, (Save and sync favs with HERE.com,) Free global voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation
- Location technologies: Magnetometer, A-GPS, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GLONASS
Location and navigation apps
- HERE Maps: Discover the best places in any neighbourhood with HERE Maps. New LiveSight technology reveals interesting places in your display. Explore malls, stations and more with venue maps. Access your favourite places on any HERE app and on here.com.
- HERE Drive –> HERE Drive+: Navigate safely with (free regional voice-guided directions) –> global free turn-by-turn navigation and true offline support. (HERE Drive) –> HERE Drive+ features audible speed limit warnings, dedicated dashboard and commute assistance. Save and access favourite places on any HERE app and on here.com.
- HERE Transit: Get around by bus, train and subway all in one easy-to-use app. Compare route options, arrival and departure times and walking distances in over 700 cities and 50 countries. Over-the-air updates ensure you always have the latest routes and schedules.
- Nokia Camera7: Nokia Camera brings together the features from Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam modes into one application. It gives you the whole exclusive Nokia camera experience with fast access to editing and sharing.
- Creative Studio: Get more out of your pictures with this quick and easy photo editor. Creative Studio’s editing tools let you quickly adjust color balance, remove red eye and apply filters. Then, share your pictures directly on Facebook and Twitter.
- Cinemagraph: A magical blend of photo and movie-like animation, creating pictures that seem almost alive. Helpful on-screen assistance lets you select the animated area of your picture and easily create and edit a cinemagraph. You can share your cinemagraph with friends via social media, email and messaging.
- Panorama: Get the bigger picture with Nokia’s easy-to-use Panorama app. Simply take your pictures and the app automatically stitches them into a picture-perfect view. Once you’re done, share your panorama directly to Twitter and Facebook.
- Nokia Storyteller: Nokia Storyteller organizes your photos into stories on an interactive HERE map by time and place. Cinemagraphs and smart photos play automatically. See points of interest around the photos taken and pull up contact info, call or email directly from Storyteller, enabling you to authentically re-experience your entire journey when the time comes.
- Capture modes: Video, Still
- Scene modes: Automatic, Sports, Night
- White balance modes: Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic
- Light sensitivity: Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 4000
- Photos viewed by: Camera Roll, Month, Timeline, Photo editor, Favorites, Album, Photos from social networks, Nokia Storyteller
Music and Audio
- Nokia Music: Unlimited streaming of music for free with Nokia Music. Discover great new music wherever you go. Create your own artist inspired mix or enjoy the mixes from our music experts and celebrity friends. You can listen to your favourite mixes offline and discover live music around you with Nokia Music Gig Finder.
- Hearing: Vibrating alerts, TTY support, Video call, BT neckloop compatible
- Vision: Screen reader compatible, Voice recognition, Vibrating alerts, Zoom, Voice commands, Font magnification, High contrast mode, Customizable home screen
- Physical skills: Speakerphone, Voice recognition, Voice commands, Customizable home screen
6Downloading of maps over-the-air may involve transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission. The availability of products, services and features may vary by region. Please check with your local Nokia dealer for further details and availability of language options. These specifications are subject to change without notice.
7Nokia Camera comes as an update to Nokia Pro Camera. Available now from Store.